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Virginia is one of the 13 original colonies. It is bordered by Maryland to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, North Carolina and Tennessee to the south, Kentucky to the west, and western Virginia to the northwest. The state capital is Richmond. Virginia earned the nickname “Old Dominion” for its allegiance to the exiled Charles II of England during the Commonwealth and Puritan Protectorate (1653-59). It has one of the longest continuous histories of any American state, dating back to the settlement of Jamestown in the early 17th century.
It was named after the virgin Queen Elizabeth I and was nicknamed the “Mother of Presidents” because several US presidents were born here. Virginia’s geography includes subtropical and temperate forests separated by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the eastern part of the state. It has fertile soil along the coast where crops can be grown, but in the west, most of it is forested and less fertile. Tidewater areas along the coast contain swamps and inland swamps. The Chesapeake Bay separates Virginia from the eastern U.S. state of Maryland, and most of its capital, Richmond, is located on the north bank of the James River.
Virginia was one of the first English settlements in North America with Jamestown at the mouth (north side) of the James River. The Commonwealth of Virginia was founded in 1787 after the United States gained independence from Great Britain. It became one of the thirteen original states of the United States. Virginia’s history includes many periods of civil war and conflict, including the American Civil War (1861-65), during which Richmond was the Confederate capital and about half a million people fought in the area. A heavy iron-refining and coal-mining industry was established in Appalachia around 1870 but declined during the Great Depression of the 1930s.